- Los Angeles-based Muslim organization whose leadership defends extremist violence
- Opposes the shutdown of Muslim charities suspected of supporting terrorism
- Opposes the Patriot Act
- MPAC speakers regularly complain that the U.S. is “dominated” by Zionists and favors Jews over Muslims.
- Condemning Israel’s “apartheid-like ideology,” MPAC warns: “History shows that Muslim and Christian religious rights are not safe under Israeli occupation.” (morre here)
We had operatives at the event. Here is their first report.
Muslims gloat over take-over of Christian church
As the Muslim Public Affairs Council settled into their convention home at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, there was hardly a whimper from the Rector Ed Bacon. And that whimper wasn’t over the Muslims praying their anti-Christian and anti-Jewish prayers three times in the facility. (see this ) Rather, it was over the nationwide-outrage over All Saints’ partnering with the American Muslims’ political arm, giving them free use of their campus. Rev. Bacon lamented, “Christians can be very hateful.” One-third of the convention’s agenda was devoted to a pity party analyzing what the opposition to the conference location meant, moderated by Channel 4 Newscaster Beverly White. The “backlash” was called one of the most vile and mean-spirited campaign in memory.
The Muslims at the conference could hardly retain their exuberance over their unprecedented coup. Gloated speaker Haris Tarin, “We have made a church our home!” Muslim-convert Alejandro Beutel observed that by 2050 whites will be a minority in the U.S., and he asked, “Are Muslims up to the challenge.” Their mission must be to be marginalize and silence the racist, Islamophobic bigots who are defaming Islam. Dustin Craun asserted that Islamophobes are part of a long history of white supremacy dating back to the Klu Klux Klan. One presenter showed a slide that stated, “Islamophobia has become the accepted form of racism in America. (Note: To Muslims, racism isn’t biological – traits that cannot be changed – but rather cultural, indicating their refusal to assimilate or allow freedom of choice with regard to religion.) White Republicans, Pamela Geller, and those who provide financial support to the extremists were among the specific objects of contempt.
The two most repeated words during the conference were “bigotry” and “justice.” MPAC was selling a 400 page book on their agenda titled, “In Pursuit of Justice.” (Note: The Muslim view of “Justice” consists of the commands in the Quran: “And you shall see every nation bowing down; every nation shall be called to its book: today you shall be rewarded for what you did. This is Our book that speaks against you with justice. . . .” (Surah 45:28-29). Rev. Bacon declared, “We have to work towards justice, and to do that we have to join forces.” Perhaps he didn’t see the command in the Quran, “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. “ (Surah 5:51)
In view of this specific prohibition, one wonders why Muslims would join forces with Christians? Their agenda was to gain acceptance and support for Islamic Sharia Law via the endorsements by a Christian church as well as by vote-seeking elected officials. The conference brochure contained 14 gushing letters of support from state and federal representatives. Dr. Maher Hathout minced no words about their objective: “Our job is to make Muslims better people. What would be better than the Laws of Allah?”
However, former Muslim Brotherhood activist Dr. Hathout, may be getting some push-back from a younger generation of Muslims who also addressed the conference. Darakshan Raja, a victimology specialist at the Urban Institute, said there is an urgent need to protect Muslim women and children from violence and abuse. Imams need to be trained in dealing with domestic violence. “Muslims have a right to life free of violence,” she said. Since Sharia Law empowers all Muslims to “command the right and forbid the wrong” with all means short of using weapons, to beat their wives, and to kill apostates with impunity, Ms. Raja took a brave swipe at Sharia Law which was not lost on those at the convention. Brava!
Yes, it is very good that young Muslim women speak out. But her fear or reluctance to tie honor violence to the Islamic honor code speaks to the larger problem.
UPDATE: From my very good source inside the Muslim community:
As for what seems to be a bit of rebellion against the Muslim elders, I would not be too optimistic. There is a refuge for battered women in the Orange County area. It does not exist because Muslims are aghast at violence against women and children. It exists so that these women have a place to go instead of calling the police. I have heard Muslim social workers talk about domestic violence, and the theme is always: keep it contained within the Muslim community.